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Wednesday, August 17 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Including Gaming to Promote Inclusion

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Any gathering to shape the field of games for learning would be incomplete without a dialogue about inclusion. A critical opportunity presents itself to the interdisciplinary stakeholders at GLS 12: to discuss ways to promote diversity by amplifying marginalized voices. Telling underrepresented stories helps society rise above the single narratives that dominate the mainstream. As Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2009) points out, “The consequence of a single story is this: It robs people of their dignity.” Fortunately, games are a powerful storytelling tool. When combined with digital media to create a problem space, games can promote inclusion while exercising players’ critical-thinking skills. Through a Panel featuring three projects in development at MNHS, we propose a dialogue addressing this question: How can organizations leverage gaming to promote inclusion, and how can institutions include gaming in pedagogy?

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Rebecca Gillette

Community Engagement Specialist, Minnesota Historical Society
My job is to plan, develop and implement strategies to build supportive relationships with community organizations. I work in partnership with organizations, to develop programs that increase the Minnesota Historical Society's relevancy within communities whose stories have been... Read More →
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Suzi Hunn

Teacher Education Specialist, Minnesota Historical Society
I'm in my 15th year at MNHS, where I served as project coordinator of the Revised Second Ed. of Northern Lights, the sixth-grade curriculum for Minnesota Studies used by 70,000 students. I consider myself a professional appreciator of K-12 teachers and have served them as a curriculum... Read More →
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Jack Matheson

Saint Paul, MN, United States, Minnesota Historical Society
Jack Matheson has enjoyed the opportunity to develop and deliver a wide variety of educational programming for the Minnesota Historical Society. At the Minnesota History Center, Jack develops and teaches classes, portrays a 19th Century fur trader for the History Player outreach program... Read More →

Wednesday August 17, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Wisconsin Idea Union South